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Address plaque as a decorative detail, interior of the home of a family of the educated classes. 2006.
expand/collapse this text box Basic Facts and Background
When: 2006

Where: A midsized apartment in a prestigious neighborhood in the historical center of St. Petersburg.

Who: Vadim, a museum researcher at the Hermitage, who lives in this room. He and his wife Lena appear in the clips "How Many Tenants?" and "We Laughed and Cried."

The round stove is a remnant of the time before steam heat systems became ubiquitous in the 1950s.

In the hallway near the door to Vadim's study hangs a sign with an address on Science Street, an address in fact quite far from where Vadim lives. In the 1960s, in the newly-constructed residential districts in northern Leningrad, Science Streets and Enlightenment Streets sprang up, as did Artists' Streets and an entire neighborhood called Parnassus. The sign referring to an address not his own, found in the street (and possibly presented to its owner as a birthday gift), has the effect in this setting of a visual pun hinting at Vadim's scholarly pursuits. It forms an ensemble with another sign in the same room.

A flashlight is usually kept in an accessible place near the door in case of a power outage.

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The sign says "Pr. [Prospekt] Nauki, 55," which roughly translates as "55 Science Street."

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